Pourakino Catchment Group

Covering the Pourakino River area

Group Chair

Dave Diprose & Geoff Baldwin

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Catchment Coordinator

Rachael Verhaegh

Number of members in the Catchment Group

66

Date the Catchment Group started

2014

Projects completed

Pourakino has been an active group and is one of the oldest groups in Southland. They have completed a number of projects, some examples are; Catchment wide Pest management scoping and implementation, the use of Ravensdown LUCI and Ballance MitAgator modelling completed across multiple farms in the catchment.  

One of the group's major achievements had been ensuring 85% of land holders in the Pourakino Catchment Group area have farm environment management plans, 

Projects underweay

They are currently researching and planning a project to look at the removal of crack willow in the Pourakino River. The group is working with local land holders, Environment Southland and local businesses to scope this project.

The group hosted a field day at Oraka Aparima Runaka marae, talking about the nursery run by the marae and how the two groups would work together to grow and plant trees in the catchment.

Projects planned

GIS Mapping catchment wide. Create a photo library of the river and streams within the catchment. Using experts and inputs, they aim to develop a catchment plan, including involvement with the local Iwi, fishermen, the community and the council. Together we will start the conversation around what do we want for our community, environment and businesses.

Hosted events / meetings

Multiple Catchment Group meetings a year, committee and public.

 

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